My hair grows like a weed. Unfortunately, the hair of which I speak is not on my head. My legs and underarms give my razor a workout. If I shave in the morning, by afternoon, I've got stubble. And forget about skipping days...unless I want to look like Sasquatch. Getting rid of the hair is not only expensive (I CONTINUE READING
The shower and my chemically-straightened hair are frenemies. Every seventh day when I wash my hair, they get along great in a shampoo Shangri-la. But the rest of the week, I employ a shower cap to keep the steam from undoing the silky straightness. I have been wearing shower caps since I was a child, and I’ve tried them CONTINUE READING
I love Miss Oops fashion fixers and have been using them for years. If you wear clothes, you NEED to get acquainted with Miss Oops. All of those things that can and do go wrong with your wardrobe can be fixed by Miss Oops problem-solving products.
Shirt revealing too much cleavage? Accidentally get a deodorant stain on your top? Are your CONTINUE READING
I've been searching for some cat eye sunnies for forever. On a whim, I bought these Wildfox Catfarer Sunglasses from Shopbop - hoping that they wouldn't look too cartoonish.
Even though I was afraid they'd be too large, I'm digging the oversized frames. They make a statement without overwhelming my face. And the cat eye shape is subtle, so it's not CONTINUE READING
Now that I have two kids - and the youngest being 6 weeks old - I needed to get better acquainted with quick-dry nail polish options. I hardly have time to do anything, let alone a DIY - so I needed to find some lacquers that fit my new lifestyle.
Yesterday, while going my grocery shopping, I picked up Revlon CONTINUE READING
I'm home on maternity leave, so I spend an inordinate amount of time nursing my daughter, burping her and changing her diapers - all the while, watching hours of QVC. I don't know what it is, but I am mesmerized by QVC demonstrations. If I'm channel surfing and I happen to land on QVC, it's damn near impossible for CONTINUE READING
Normally, I don’t wear eye makeup to work because, when I do, around 3p.m., I catch a case of the afternoons and start rubbing eyes – and my handiwork ends up all over my fingers. But I recently discovered a product that has me re-thinking my work week eye makeup embargo.
Just to give you an idea of how well it wears, when I first received samples to review, I tested a few of the shades on my hand. 24 hours later, the lines look freshly applied, despite a shower and several thorough hand washings.
Available in 15 gorgeous shades (with matte, iridescent and diamond finishes), these liners come off easily with waterproof makeup remover.
Forget 9 to 5…Make Up For Ever Aqua Liners are taking care of business – and working overtime!
Last month, I traveled to Miami to report on Mercedes-Benz Swim Fashion Week as a correspondent for Mary Kay. I’ve been a Mary Kay fan for years, and was excited to get better acquainted with their products – particularly, their newest offerings.
One of the highlights of my trip was a makeover with celeb makeup artist, Ashunta Sheriff. Ashunta’s client list reads like a who’s who of Hollywood (Rihanna, Ciara, Hillary Duff, Ashlee Simpson, Keri Hilson, Jennifer Hudson, Sharon Stone, Queen Latifah, P. Diddy and Alicia Keys) – so to be in her gifted hands was a major treat. Using products from Mary Kay, Ashunta gave me the J.Lo glow I’ve always wanted but never knew how to properly replicate.
Of all the products Ashunta used to create my Miami-inspired makeover, I fell hardest for Mary Kay’s Lash Love Mascara. Lash Love promises to define and deliver 4 times the volume – and child, did it ever!
After Ashunta applied the mascara using her “uptown, downtown, cross town” technique (peep the video for a demonstration), my fringe looked fat and fabulous – without looking overdone. And I really love how deeply pigmented the color is; my natural lashes are black, but skimpy – so I need something ultra dark to make my peepers pop. Not to mention, Lash Love managed to stay put all day, despite the merciless Miami heat and humidity.
Lash Love Mascara costs a very affordable $15 – and is available at marykay.com.
Last month, LaLicious sent me one of their Seasonal Travel Sets to review – and they were absolutely perfect for my recent summer sojourns to Miami and Maine.
Each Seasonal Travel Set includes four 2 oz mini LaLicious products (Whipped Soap, Sugar Soufflé Scrub, Body Butter, Body Oil) in a travel friendly bag. And with TSA-approved sizes, you’ll fly through the airport security line. Available in 8 irresistible scents (I have/love Tahitian Flower – a soft, tropical gardenia), the sets are available until September 15.
Channon is the winner of the MD4X Acrylic Lucite Clear Makeup Organizer With Drawers from Mar Display. It is a must-have storage system for makeup artists and beauty junkies alike – and looks super stylish on your vanity. Its four clear drawers and flip top makes it easy to store, find and access all of your favorite beauty products. The MD4X model measures 12.00 x 14.00 x 15.5″ and retails for $215.
Angelxo and Jaime @ La vie…J’aime are the lucky runners-up, and will recieve the BellaBoxx in platinum. the BellaBoxx, a glitterrific flip-top, two drawer premium acrylic organizer. BellaBoxx is the perfect size (12″ wide x 12″ deep x 14″ high) to comfortably fit any vanity or dresser, while providing ample storage for makeup, brushes, nail polish, perfume or jewelry. BellaBoxx retails for $89.95.
Many thanks to Mar Display for generously sponsoring this contest! And stay tuned for your next chance to get Spoiled Pretty.
A few weekends ago, I attended Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2012 in Miami, as a correspondent for Mary Kay – and they put me up in a gorgeous room at Fashion Week headquarters, The Raleigh Hotel.
I had the most fabulous time in South Beach, getting acquainted with the Coyne PR beauty girls and the other blogger correspondents, Annie Tomlin from BellaSugar.com and Lizzie Dunlap from RealBeauty.com.
In between makeovers, delish dinners and runway shows, I was also able to schedule some mojito-sipping downtime with one of my BFFs, Aimee.
If you’re ever in Miami, I highly recommend the Raleigh Hotel. The rooms, service and ambiance were incredible – and the picturesque pool was just the cherry on top.
I had the time of my life…and I owe it all to you, Mary Kay!
The Raleigh Hotel beach
Me and my homegirl, Aimee
I’ve been craving Mojitos all summer, so I stocked up in Miami!
Modeling the Carmen Marc Valvo retro swimsuit I bought at Rue La La and the Dolce Vita wedges I bought at Ideeli.
The Cojito (coconut rum mojito) at Ola Miami is the yummiest cocktail I’ve ever tasted!
This cotton candy dessert at Barton G was, seriously, almost 3 feet tall.
As a beauty blogger who is slightly obsessed with the Kardashian sisters, I receive a ton of emails – asking about Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian’s style, favorite beauty products and makeup application secrets. It’s one of the reasons why I enlisted Kim’s makeup artist, Mario Dedivanovic, to contribute a weekly column to Spoiled Pretty – Makeup Mondays With Mario.
But the most popular question I receive is where people can purchase an acrylic makeup organizer like the one featured on Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
Not only have I found one, but this week, I’m giving three away!
One grand prize winner will receive the MD4X Acrylic Lucite Clear Makeup Organizer With Drawers from Mar Display. It is a must-have storage system for makeup artists and beauty junkies alike – and looks super stylish on your vanity. Its four clear drawers and flip top makes it easy to store, find and access all of your favorite beauty products. The MD4X model measures 12.00 x 14.00 x 15.5″ and retails for $215.
Two lucky runners-up will receive the BellaBoxx, a glitterrific flip-top, two drawer premium acrylic organizer. The Bella Boxx is the perfect size (12″ wide x 12″ deep x 14″ high) to comfortably fit any vanity or dresser, while providing ample storage for makeup, brushes, nail polish, perfume or jewelry. The BellaBoxx retails for $89.95.
To enter, leave a comment below. Post your email, Twitter handle (make sure you’re following @spoiledpretty so I can DM you) or some other way for me to get in touch if you win. And be sure to indicate what color BellaBoxx you prefer (visit BellaBoxx.com for color options), in case you are chosen as a runner up. Contest open to U.S. residents only.
Contest ends on Friday, July 29 at 5pm ET. I’ll announce the winner then. Good luck!
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